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"Final Faceoff: SM Nagar and Tamilnadu Veterans Compete for Masters League Glory"



-Mr SM Hamesh Kumar Swasth Masters League: Semifinal Showdowns Set the Stage Ablaze

The 2nd Swasth Masters League reached its zenith as the semifinals unfolded at the Sr NPV Ramasamy Udayar Hockey Centre in Porur. Hockey enthusiasts witnessed two heart-pounding encounters that left everyone on the edge of their seats. Let's dive into the thrilling action of the day.


1st Semifinal Match: SM Nagar vs. Madurai Veterans - A Battle Royale

The first semifinal match of the day showcased SM Nagar (SMN) facing off against the determined Madurai Veterans (MDU-V). Right from the opening whistle, it was evident that this would be a clash of titans.


SMN initiated the attack but couldn't find the target. They pressed on, and their goalkeeper made some crucial saves. MDU-V's Radhakrishnan missed a golden opportunity to score. The match swung from end to end, with both teams making goal-bound moves.


In a well-executed move, Jagan (SMN) found the back of the net with a field goal, putting SMN ahead (1-0). MDU-V launched a counter-attack and earned two penalty corners, but they couldn't capitalize. Several chances went begging for both teams. Vinod (SMN), Thirumalvalavan, Raja (SMN), and Karthik were among those who missed opportunities.


ThamaraiKannan (MDU-V) and AP Vinoth (MDU-V) also couldn't convert their efforts into goals. The first half ended with SMN holding a slim lead.


Halftime Score: SM Nagar 1 - 0 Madurai Veterans

The second half saw relentless action, with both teams striving to score. Jagan (SMN) and Dinesh missed chances for SMN. ThirumalValavan's shot was cleared, Karthik hit over the post, and Kumar (SMN) missed a penalty corner opportunity. For MDU-V, Saravanan and Radhakrishnan had their fair share of missed chances.


Despite the pressure, neither team managed to score in the second half. The match was marked by strong midfield play from both sides, with Gopi, Srikanth, and Viji (SMN) making notable contributions, and the defenders and goalkeepers of MDU-V stepping up.


As the clock ticked away, SMN maintained their lead and controlled possession until the final whistle. MDU-V made desperate attempts to equalize but fell short.


Final Score: SM Nagar 1 - 0 Madurai Veterans

Player of the Match: Alex David, Goalkeeper, SM Nagar


2nd Semifinal Match: Clash of the Titans

The second semifinal featured defending champions Tamilnadu Veterans (TNV) going head-to-head against last season's runner-up, Madras Veterans (MV). The highly anticipated match promised a showdown of epic proportions.

Both teams came out swinging, attacking each other's defenses relentlessly. TNV initiated the attack but had their attempts cleared. MV also retaliated, but their shots found the TNV goalkeeper. The intense battle for control continued, and MV earned a penalty corner that V. Satheesh Kumar converted (1-0 in favor of MV).


MV had their chances, with Ashraff, Ramesh Babu, and Saba missing golden opportunities. On the other side, TNV's Captain Adam Sinclair and Vaman couldn't capitalize on their chances. Just minutes before halftime, Adam Sinclair (TNV) scored from a long corner to level the scores (1-1).


Halftime Score: Tamilnadu Veterans 1 - 1 Madras Veterans

The second half witnessed an equally fierce battle. Both teams fought tooth and nail to seize the advantage. TNV's Adam Sinclair, Raman, and Vaman missed golden opportunities to score. In the middle of the second half, Muruguvel (TNV) scored a field goal (2-1 for TNV).


Despite intense pressure, MV's Ashraff, Sudarshan, and Satheesh Kumar couldn't find the net. In the closing moments, TNV held on to their 2-1 lead, securing a spot in the finals.


Final Score: Tamilnadu Veterans 2 - 1 Madras Veterans

Player of the Match: Kalidas (19), Madras Veterans


As we approach the grand finale, fans can expect a thrilling showdown between SM Nagar and Tamilnadu Veterans. The action-packed semifinals have set the stage for a scintillating championship match that promises to be a true spectacle of talent, dedication, and sportsmanship.

We urge all fans to turn up in large numbers to support their favorite teams on this monumental day.

The Matches Schedule for the Final Day of the 2nd Swasth Masters Hockey League Tournament at Ramachandra Medical College Ground, Porur, on the 2nd of October 2023, includes:


1st Match - 3rd PLACE: Madurai Veterans vs. Madras Veterans (15:00 hrs)


2nd Match - FINALS: SM Nagar vs. Tamilnadu Veterans (16:00 hrs)


Best of luck to all the teams playing on this grand final day. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the managers, coaches, tournament officials, technical officials, umpires, table officials, volunteers, and everyone involved in making this tournament a resounding success. The final day awaits with anticipation, suspense, and the potential for heroic performances. Thank you to the organizers for a memorable journey thus far. Let's make the grand finale a day to remember!

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